codguy wrote: ↑
August 23rd 2021, 8:34am
Ha. Find it comical how this thread on a decent solar watch (is there such a thing?) quickly evolved into a watch price vs. value thing. Particularly on a wartch that costs less than many watch servicings are priced at.
Guess I don't get it, I have given away watches that cost more...
The value of any given watch given its components, in addition to other considerations like build quality, is a frequent topic of discussion / debate in reviews, on boards, and in the minds of discerning consumers for whom such things are considered in making buying decisions. Such spirited debate enjoys a lonstanding heritage here at Watchlords.
Watch manufacturers of all levels go to great lengths to add perceived value to their products, often to the extent of making embellished claims about minor details like the durability of finishes, (diamond-like) to downright false claims as to materials, heritage, country of origin, and so forth. Why? Because watch manufacturers know that such factors matter to watch consumers and weigh heavily in their buying decisions. Otherwise, why bother?
As to finishes, PVD, DLC, or WXYZ
, they are spray on coatings and not particularly durable, certainly not so much as the metals they are applied to, nor are these finishes subject to cosmetic fixes. Scratches on SS, Ti, Br, or AU, brushed or polished surfaces, can be polished out by any number of methods, Cape Cod, or rouge cloths, for example, and look as good as new.
I've not looked into Damasko because their watches don't appeal to me, however, Sinn now uses a 'Hard Black Finish' which they tout as more durable than their previous DLC coating, but for all I can tell, it may be the same deal regards to 'hard wear'. And for folks who are not particularly tough on their watches, the applied coatings may not be an issue, however, every PVD or DLC coated watch I've ever owned has looked like crap in a few months time. So, while I remain doubtful, Sinn's HBC may be a bright spot on the horizon, but I am hopeful somebody will figure out how the hell to add color to metal so blemishes can be merely polished out of the surface.
Perhaps you are just less aware of such considerations as value and specific components as such has become inveterate in your collecting over time. Given the quality of the watches you collect, which it seems to me, tend to have the upgraded trim package, so to speak, you certainly arrived at that level of choice by some degree of judgement and insight - you have a great eye and admirable collection to be sure - the SWI's made by Armand Nicolet speak to both. Wish I'd bought a few.
At any rate, it seems to me that relative value within and between watch brands is legit grist for the mill on watch boards and in reviews - I don't see why this watch would be any different. Why, conj based an entire series of reviews on the value received for the price of a watch.
And like they say in the car business, 'there is an ass for every seat'.